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1 Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Jo Britt-Rankin & Mary Leuci University of Missouri

2 Healthy Lifestyle Initiative The Healthy Lifestyle Initiative brings community stakeholders together to create community-driven plans of action focused on environmental and policy changes to create communities that support: – The availability of healthy, locally-produced food – Opportunities for safe, accessible physical activity

3 Mission Making the healthy choice the easy choice.

4 What is HLI? In 2007, MU Extension commissioned a study of their plan-of-work to determined what interdisciplinary theme would be best to focus on for the coming years. The goal was to find one theme for which all parts of the organization as well as the campus could impact The independent reviewer selected Health

5 The HLI Model Previous multidisciplinary program – Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development program (ExCEED) – Uses an engagement and collaborative learning model to re-energize local communities and regions to build and further develop sustainable economies based on strengths and assets identified locally.

6 The HLI Model Model Multidisciplinary Team Approach – Commercial Agriculture Program – Multidisciplinary teams make farm/community visits to address program needs and address problems through a team approach


8 Initiative Structure Then... – Co-Directors Assoc Ext Prof (Nutrition) – 4 Extension Associates Ag & Natural Resources Business Development Community Development 4-H/Youth Development – Administrative Asst – County Extension Faculty – Community Teams Now... – Director Assoc Ext Prof (Nutrition) – 4 Subject Matter Leads Ag & Nat Res (Grad St) Bus Dev (Ext Assoc) Comm Dev (Grad St) 4-H/Youth Dev (VISTA) – Administrative Asst – County Extension Faculty – Community Teams

9 Focus Policy Policies can be informal, such as rules that encourage healthy snacks at school or workplace gatherings, or formal, such as a local ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and public buildings.

10 Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Goal : Increase Community Access to Affordable Locally-Produced Healthy Food – Increase healthy food availability/awareness in schools – Increase community awareness of healthy food options – Increase access to locally grown healthy food

11 Focus Environment The environment refers to our surroundings, including the built environment of streets and sidewalks, buildings and parks, workplace and school environments and social environments –the social networks and norms that influence our behavior.

12 Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Goal : Increase Opportunities for Safe, Accessible Physical Activity – Increase the miles of developed trails – Increase community access to existing facilities – Increase participation in phys activity programs – Worksites develop or expand staff wellness programs


14 Program Products WorkWell Missouri Tool Kit High Tunnel Manual & Curriculum Seasonal & Simple Photovoice Missouri

15 WorkWell Missouri Tool Kit Developed to assist businesses in starting, expanding or maintaining a staff wellness program Focus is on reducing the risk factors for chronic diseases such as poor nutrition, inactivity, stress and tobacco use.

16 WorkWell Missouri Tool Kit Step-by-step guide for employers – To assess their worksite – Identify what types of programs to implement – Implement wellness programs – Determine effectiveness

17 High Tunnel Manual/Curriculum Curriculum was designed for use in Missouri agriculture education classrooms. Ten lessons/units Intended for upper classmen (junior/senior) Each lesson contains a detailed lesson plan, PowerPoint and handouts. Available free on HLI website


19 Seasonal & Simple Seasonal & Simple app – Recipe demonstration videos Seasonal & Simple for Food Service Grow. Eat. Grow


21 Engaging the Communities

22 Developing Your Community Initiative Step 1: Enlist and convene leaders and members of the community to begin talking, sharing and building a partnership. Step 1 Step 2: Assess the resources, needs and desires of the community. Step 2 Step 3: Educate yourselves and learn from others. Step 3

23 Developing Your Community Initiative Step 4: Develop an action plan with attainable, measurable goals that helps change policies and environments in your community. Step 4 Step 5: Seek resources for implementing the action plan. Step 5

24 Evaluation Photovoice has been around for almost 20 years. Gives people a chance to represent their community or point of view in photographs, video or slideshows. A narrative is created along with the visual presentation. Is intended to create dialogue

25 Photovoice Photography + Social Action = Change

26 PhotoVoice Missouri A statewide health photography program and competition Collaboration between Health Communication Research Center (School of Journalism) and Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (MU Extension) Students were to show, through pictures, examples in their communities that support healthy choices, and areas that need improvement.

27 Photovoice Missouri Our goal going in was to introduce the students to a way to get their thoughts and concerns about the health of their communities heard. Based on what weve seen, I believe thats happened and its created a dialogue that we hope will continue. --Jon Stemmle, Director HCRC


29 Next Steps To assist communities in sustaining their efforts To assist communities in leveraging additional dollars To sustain the program through external funding

30 Thank You Questions?

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